What to bring to uni

Moving into university accommodation or private sector housing? We have created this university packing guide to help you move comfortably into your new home.

For your bedroom

  • Clothing. Try and pack minimally and consider the season that you’re moving in. If you’re not going to be able to go back and forth to collect more wardrobe essentials throughout the year, perhaps you could keep a suitcase of clothing under your bed.
  • Bedding. Considering how often you'll need to wash your bedding; it may be wise to pack at least 2 sets. It’s also a nice way to add some personality to your fresh new room.
  • A laptop and printer will come in handy while you study although we do have libraries on each campus that have what you need.
  • You may want to consider bringing extension leads if you have a lot of technology.
  • You can bring your TV to halls but don't forget to get a TV license!
  • speaker for playing music, for your room and the communal areas.

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For your bathroom

  • Toilet roll (we think this one is a given).
  • Cleaning products – bathroom cleaner and anti-bacterial wipes will definitely come in handy.
  • Personal toiletries such as shampoo and conditioner, shower gel, hand soap, toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Bring a few sets of towels so that when some are in the wash you still have some to hand.
  • You may want to consider bringing a bath mat to keep the floor dry and add a bit of personality to your bathroom.
  • If you have a lot to keep tidy, consider bringing some storage baskets to make sure everything stays in its place.
  • Don't forget your hairdryer, hairbrush and any other styling tools/products you need.
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For the kitchen

  • Crockery and cutlery –bring a couple of plates, mugs and knives and forks. You may also want to bring handy little things such as a bottle and tin opener, veg peeler, baking tray and chopping board, depending on how much you plan to cook...
  • Pans – most basic sets will include a small and large saucepan and a frying pan. You may want to consider a wok too, they can cook almost anything!
  • Cleaning products are a must to keep communal areas fresh and clean. Washing up liquid, laundry detergent and kitchen cleaner are a good place to start.
  • Bring something to eat for the first night (or get a takeaway…). 
  • Bring just enough fresh food to last you the first few days. You can plan a trip to the local supermarket once you're settled - all our campuses have at least one supermarket nearby. 
  • Bring a small box of store-cupboard staples like pasta, dried noodles, beans, tinned tomatoes and dried herbs and don’t forget your liquid motivation (aka tea and coffee). 


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Other Bits and Bobs

  • Enough money in reserve so you could get by, even if your Student Loan is late.
  • Basic first aid kit along with remedies for Freshers' Flu, such as Paracetamol and Berocca and don't forget any medication that you are prescribed - at least a month's supply!
  • Stationary.  Consider what you will really need for your course. For example, if your course will involve maths, bring a calculator. If you are studying a creative subject such as drama, you may well be able to leave that one at home. You can always get more as and when you need it.
  • Board games for nights in with your housemates.
  • Photos from home – what better way to make your new halls feel like a home than to bring your favourite memories with your favourite people?


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Don't bother with...

  • A microwave, kettle, or toaster. Kitchens come equipped with these and we don’t recommend keeping one in your bedroom.
  • Text books. Consider buying textbooks when you arrive as you may be able to get them second hand.
  • Candles - they're not allowed! Try and get LED ones instead if you like a relaxing ambience.
  • Pets! As sad as it is to leave your furry friends at home, pets are not allowed in student halls, and most tenancy agreements with private landlords also prohibit the keeping of pets.

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